VISION & MISSION

Press On Foundation is here to serve and help those affected by Spinal Cord Injury. At Press On Foundation we know that it takes daily effort and hard work from everyone involved so that those who have SCI can recover. Our goal is to provide information and support to those who are pursuing and believe in recovery from spinal cord injury. We support those who are pursuing recovery and want to do the impossible. In order to do this, Press On Foundation will raise funds for exercise therapy scholarships and one day we hope to help fund adult stem cell therapy for those who have SCI.



 
 
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FACTS & RESEARCH

 

Causes of Paralysis

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

 

Source: Christopher Reeves Foundation

Nearly 1 out of every 50 Americans (or 6 million people) live with paralysis
Source: ChristopherReeve.org

Every 49 minutes, a spinal cord injury occurs
Source: NeuRE.com

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top causes of spinal cord injuries are:
Working Accident (28%), Motor Vehicle Accident (24%), Sporting and Recreation (16%), Fall (9%)
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/

The average cost of expenses for an individual with a serious spinal cord injury in the first year ranges
from over $228,00 to over $775,000
Source: ChristopherReeve.org

Over 80% of all individuals with a spinal cord injury are male
Source: SCI-Info-Pages.com

The median days hospitalized in the acute care unit at a Model System for an individual who has
suffered a spinal cord injury has declined from 24 days in the 1973-1979 period to 12 days in the more
recent period of 2005-2008
Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center in Birmingham, Alabama

Children make up 5% of all individuals with a spinal cord injury
Source: CatastrophicInjury.com

 
 
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GIVING

Press On by Giving

We couldn't do it without you!

 
 
 

Scholarship Recipients 


 
 

Amber Richardson Story

I was involved in a freak accident July 25th 2011. I was racing a friend to see who could run faster. Although I won the race, I almost lost my life. When trying to slow to a stop, I tumbled forward and broke my neck. I was instantly paralyzed from the chest down. At 26 years old my whole life and the way I lived it was completely changed. I have been blessed with an opportunity to attend Project Walk/ Easter Seals in Austin. Therapy has been a God send for me and has given me back some of the strength lost as a result of my injury.  It has allowed me some level of independence and normalcy in my life.

 

Justin Quesada Story

Working out with therapy programs, like the LIFE Center, has changed my outlook on my abilities and my recovery as a whole. With their help I've been able to see my life once again as a life which I am in complete control of, and not as a product of circumstance. It allows me to take control of the direction that my life is headed and allows me to accomplish my goals and dreams.

 

Adrian Moreno Story

It was 2009 and I was on the brink of starting my life. I never thought I would be in a situation that resulted in me spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I was out at a karaoke bar with childhood friends whom I played baseball and softball with since little league. I tried breaking up an argument a friend was having with someone else outside and that’s when someone else that was not involved grabbed their gun from the car and shot me in the back as we tried to head back in to the bar. I was in ICU for two weeks and spent another month and a half in a rehabilitation facility. My spinal cord was injured at T12 and I had two titanium rods placed in my back. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to do something more and I could not live my life letting the chair hold me back. I moved to Austin and started attending Project Walk Austin now Easter Seals Life Center. Attending the facility and receiving the therapy and exercise I desperately needed has helped me out tremendously. I am mostly independent now and am able to do many things that I never thought I would be able to do again. My goal is to walk again and although I am not there yet. With the help of the Press On Foundation I know through my continued determination and hard work I may one day reach my goal.